E-40

E-40

Marvel the Gr8 (11:00 PM)

Suspect Ed (10:00 PM)

Stevie Smoov (9:00 PM)

Nazo Bravo (8:30 PM)

Sat, April 26, 2014

8:00 pm

$25.00

This event is all ages

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E-40
E-40
He's a rap innovator, a business-savvy tycoon and one of the music industry's most consistent success stories. Yes, E-40 is all those things, but he's probably best known as a slang creator, a man whose distinctive gift of gab gets lifted and used in the rhymes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and others.
Marvel the Gr8 - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Marvel the Gr8
The pursuit of mastering one's craft is a complicated day-to-day struggle, an eternal fluctuation of love and hate that few have the bearing to endure. For Michael Rios, the 24-year-old rap auteur known by many as Marvel the GR8, that pursuit is what makes this life so exciting.

Rios began writing poetry at the age of 12 as a vehicle of expression for the emotions of adolescence, which quickly manifested itself as a passion in high school as he participated in rap battles and freestyle sessions under a moniker inspired by his love for comics, culminating in the creation of the group The Circuit with two of his childhood friends from Pomona, California.

The Circuit was the seed from which Marvel's 'GR8-tivity' spawned, a project that allowed his voice to gain its vigor and his ego its clout. The group released a mixtape in 2008 hosted by Mick Boogie entitled For Promotional Use Only, which is a point of reference for the countless thematic influences of Marvel's sound.

In 2010 Marvel took arguably the largest step in his career to date, when he formed the Random Citizens collective with hip-hop heads Danny Parra, Brian Polar, and Brian Vazifdar, his closest friends at Loyola Marmount University and most valued collaborators. After graduating with a degree in English, Marvel used his expertise in wordplay to fuel the next stage of his career, releasing 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to Insanity' – a catalyst for his notoriety on internet music outlets such as AllHipHop and Mad Decent.

Following the critical success of 'Insanity' he released 'GR8', an ambitious 8-track LP that expands on a high point in creativity and establishes Marvel as an enigmatic force in contemporary rap music. The album itself has four independent music videos to accompany it, a testament to Marvel's vision as a virtuoso of multi-media.

To truly understand Marvel's brilliance, however, is to witness his live performance. A gifted performer has the ability to captivate any given audience, and Marvel does just that on countless occasions and at nearly every venue available in Los Angeles: from an intimate music festival in a warehouse district alley to the bright lights of LA Live in front of hundreds at Club Nokia. A (short) list of artists he's performed with sounds like an all-star Spotify rap playlist, including The Game, Pusha T, Fabolous, Too Short, DJ Quik, Cam-Ron, Mos Def, E-40, and J. Cole to name a few.

Marvel's stage presence is the thespian equivalent of a rousing Act V monologue, with a unique delivery that lies somewhere between spoken word and nightclub one-liners at 3 am. Whichever ways Marvel wants you take him seriously are the same ways he wants to make you laugh, a dynamic persona that doesn't rely on fake swagger or uninspired simile to evoke respect. Marvel's upward trajectory makes him one of the most exciting young artists Los Angeles has to offer, and only time will determine the extent of his GR8ness.
Suspect Ed - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Suspect Ed
Hailing from the South Bay and Los Angeles Harbor area, Suspect Ed will be known as a musical phenomenon which will soon become impossible to forget. With the undertones of urban hip hop combined with a slight reggae influence, this musical act has created it's own new sound that has become captivating when experienced in a live setting. This amazing blend of culture is fronted by three emcees that you can also find singing and harmonizing in between the perfectly delivered rap verses that echo tales of the Southern California lifestyle, all while playing live instruments. Being an opening act for artist from E40 to Too $hort, and many other great local bands; they will soon revive the West Coast lifestyle that the world seems to love so.
Stevie Smoov - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Stevie Smoov
Nazo Bravo - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Nazo Bravo
Born in the heart of Hollywood, rapper and actor Nazo Bravo was raised to value education and his strong Armenian heritage, not necessarily steered by family toward a pursuit of fame. Nevertheless, as a youth Nazo found himself drawn toward tales of urban struggle and was influenced by rappers like Tupac Shakur and Big Pun. The culture of Hip Hop and the awareness of its impact on society became part of Nazo's fabric as an Armenian-American. Inspired by contemporary Serj Tankian, Nazo developed his own label Mighty Hye Records with General Manager Greg Cross (whose past clients include MC Ren, Above The Law, and Dana Dane) to bring attention to often overlooked great artistry.

In 2012, Nazo gained press by paying homage to the 50th Anniversary of James Bond during the release of the film Skyfall with an original composition and video montage titled James Bond, getting the official blessing of Columbia Pictures. In 2013, he entered the Power 106 "Who's Next" competition and ended up #8 out of 1,678 artists. Afterwards, Nazo received soundtrack placements on the documentary Tattoo Nation (starring Danny Trejo, Ed Hardy) alongside Sick Jacken (Psycho Realm) and B-Real (Cypress Hill), as well as the Jack Topalian / Eric Roberts film Betrayal. Recently Nazo released his mixtape #Focusss featuring West Coast veteran Kurupt, rising star Problem, and DJ Carisma of Power 106 as the host, while his single Focus is receiving national airplay and has been featured on AllHipHop.com. Nazo is currently completing his debut album Mighty Hye with seasoned, veteran producer Corey “OZ” Simon (TI, Macy Gray).

Besides his talent as a recording artist, Nazo is also CEO of his label Mighty Hye Records and an actor who has appeared on MTV, BET, the hit TNT series Southland, the film 4 Minutes (produced by Ray Liotta of Goodfellas), and the international TV series Dilemma.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change